Saskatchewan

2 more murder charges laid after fatal riot at Saskatchewan Penitentiary

Five men are facing murder charged after the stabbing of a fellow inmate during a riot at the Saskatchewan Penitentiary in 2016.

Inmate, 43, found unresponsive after disturbance

Jason Leonard Bird was found unresponsive in a medium-security unit of the Saskatchewan Penitentiary by a corrections worker on Dec. 14, 2016, following a riot. (CBC)

Five men are facing murder charges after the stabbing of a fellow inmate during a riot at the Saskatchewan Penitentiary in 2016, according to Saskatchewan RCMP.

Upwards of 200 inmates caused extensive damage to the medium-security wing of the federal institution in Prince Albert on Dec. 14 of that year.

Correctional Service Canada said at the time that three inmates were assaulted by the rioters and 43-year-old prisoner Jason Leonard Bird died.

Bird was found unresponsive in the unit by a corrections worker at about 7:15 p.m.  He was taken to hospital and pronounced dead.

RCMP Major Crimes Unit-North completed an 18-month investigation into his death following the riot.

Investigators also learned of an alleged assault of a 31-year-old inmate that took place during the disturbance.

Five men have been charged with both second-degree murder and attempted murder.

This investigation is ongoing and the RCMP says further arrests and charges are anticipated.